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ERIC Number: ED258726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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How Do We Define the Limits to Children's Understanding?
Halford, Graeme S.
Concepts important to cognitive development in children can be classified according to several levels. At level 1, concepts are equivalent in structural complexity to binary relations and univariate functions. At level 2, concepts are equivalent to compositions of binary relations, binary operations, and bivariate functions. At level 3, concepts are equivalent to compositions of binary operations. Research has shown that level 1 concepts can be attained by 2-year-old children, level 2 concepts by 5-year-olds, and level 3 concepts by 11-year-olds. This document presents and explains the evidence on which this conclusion is based, using transitivity, classification, and mathematical reasoning tasks for illustration. The practical utility of being able to define the limits to children's understanding in a general sense is discussed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A